softest.sugar cookies.ever

Seriously, they are so soft and yummy.  I have tried out several sugar cookie recipes, but this one is the best by far.  They stay soft forever... At least as long as I can keep from eating them all!  And the recipe is easy-peasy.  Don't believe me?!  Try it out!!

Softest Sugar Cookies Around
1 c. sugar
1 c. butter
3 eggs
3 tsp. baking powder
3 1/2 c. flour
2 tsp. vanilla

Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Mix in dry ingredients.  Chill 1 hour.  Roll and cut.

Sprinkle with sugar.  Bake at 375 for 8 minutes.

** For extra softness, store cookies with a piece of bread in an airtight container. **

I frosted these happy little shamrocks with a mixture of evaporated milk, vanilla, and powdered sugar.  The only problem with how soft they are is that they break easily... and what's a girl to do but eat them?!

I made these little bags tonight for the ladies I visit teach.  I want to go drop them off tomorrow.  I made this bag topper in Photoshop and folded it over a ziplock bag. 
Happy St. Patrick's Day!!
PS It's also my half-birthday today, too.  Yes... my half-birthday.  

There Will Be No Pinching

Because I will be wearing this on St. Patty's Day! 
 Yes indeed, I have gone burlap flower-crazy!!  One day last week, I spent 2 hours making oodles of them.  Some with fabric on top.  Some with burlap on top.  Some with green and natural burlap together.
I added some burlap flowers to my Lucky banner, and look how cute!!
The burlap flowers add so much!!
Pretty sure that burlap flowers have changed my life.  


St. Patty’s Day Wreath

I am a little late in posting this.  After all, this wreath has been hanging on my door for a week or two now!  

I was inspired by Crap I've Made.  Char made an adorable shamrock wreath, and I had to try it.  I glued 4 styrofoam hearts together to make the shamrock shape.  This was a little tricky, but I finally used layers of hot glue and felt in between the hearts to secure it.   (I debated about adding a stem, and finally did AFTER taking the pictures!)  I have to admit that I got a little sick of cutting circles out of green felt by the time I was done.  But I dare you to find ANY styrofoam peeking through!!

Many of you know my struggles with my very orange apartment door.  There's just nothing I can do about it. I don't mind how my shamrock looks on it.   But it looked like a giant green blob.  I had to do something about it.  

So I added a little burlap flower in the center.

Much better, don't you think?!
Okay.  Just one more view.

** I am pretty much obsessed with burlap flowers right now.  If you want to learn how to make your own burlap flowers, check it out.  The Tidy Nest has a great tutorial!!!**

Have a wonderful weekend!!!  

Cutting Fabric With Your Cricut!

That your Cricut can cut fabric?!

Am I the last one to figure this out?!  I had heard rumors that this was true, but decided to try it out for myself to make my little guy this applique shirt:  
One of the things I like least about sewing is the cutting, so this little trick is going to save me for sure.  Here is what I did:

1.  I used a 100% cotton fabric.  I am not sure if any other fabrics would work.  I pre-washed my fabric with NO fabric softener.  
2.  I adhered Heat-N-Bond to my fabric.  I have heard that Pellon does NOT work, so avoid that.  I just followed the directions on the package.
3.  I peeled the paper backing off of the fabric and adhered it right on my Cricut mat.  I smoothed it on the mat so it was good and smooth.  I cleaned my mat right before this step, just to be sure it would have the ultimate clean cut.
4.  On my cricut, I set the speed on the lowest possible setting and the pressure on the highest possible setting to be sure it would go slow enough and deep enough to cut through.  I have also heard that using a brand new blade ensures the best cut or having a blade set aside just for cutting fabric would be a good idea.  But I used my old, very-used blade and had no problems at all.

5.  CUT.  I was still in denial that this would work, so you can imagine my amazement when I peeled away the fabric and found out that it really worked!

Because I was doing an applique, I ironed my fabric right on my shirt.  I found that my large fabric pieces "stuck" the best at this point.  My tiny "Lucky Charms" letters needed an extra layer of Heat-n-Bond to stick.  It seemed to lose some stickiness after I peeled them off the mat. 
So after sewing around my edges, here is the final effect!!  My little guy is a very active model--a moving target!!  I thought this was the most manly shamrock, but just in case I paired it up with his camo pants.  I don't want anyone thinking he is wearing a flower!!  Strangers STILL ask me if he is a girl.  Must be those pretty blue eyes.

This is the best view I could get of the back of the shirt.  By the way, appliquing tiny letters is so difficult!!!  My mother and I both had the hardest time.  So I gave up on the shirt saying "Lucky Charm" and just went with "Lucky."  I am definitely going simple with my next applique.  No more tiny letters!!!
Linking up to 

Lucky Pillow

Remember my lucky banner?  Well, I just couldn't resist making a matching pillow!!

This was the easiest sewing project of my life.  And I just realized that when you sew burlap by hand, your stitches can look atrocious!!  As long as you use matching thread, it blends right in.  Yet another reason to love burlap!! 

Lucky Banner

There is a burlap craze going on right now.  I admit, I needed another project to feed my own burlap addiction!  And tis the season for green burlap.  Isn't it lovely?!
So I took a piece of cardstock, created a triangle, and used that as my pattern.  I cut out 5 triangles.  *Don't forget the secret to cutting out burlap, at least when you're cutting parallel to the fibers, is to pull out one of the fibers where you want to make your cut.  Much cleaner and fewer fuzzies!!  I love that trick.  I learned by watching those talented ladies at JoAnn's.**

I used my cricut to cut out templates for my "Lucky" letters.  It took me forever because my cricut mat wasn't sticky, and the freezer paper kept tearing, but I figured out a solution, and we'll address that on another day!!  Anyway, don't you love the cute font?!  It's one by DJ Inker's.

I ironed my freezer paper, smooth side against the fabric, to the center of my burlap triangle, then ironed another piece of freezer paper to the back side.  I used white paint to paint over my template next.  I was afraid it wouldn't look truly white on the dark green burlap, especially with such large fibers.  So I gave it plenty of coats--probably too many, I realized, once it had dried.  Oh well, nice white letters I have!

I wanted to hang it with twine, so I used hot glue to glue down the twine across the back of the top of each triangle.

I folded the top over, hiding the burlap.  A bit of hot glue squeezes through.  But no biggie.

Ah... so lovely.  Burlap, banners.  Two of my favorite things in the whole world!  (It will be nice to have a larger mantel.  Someday.)

Linking up to 

The Girl Creative

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...